About the Match
The Knight Riders started their tournament with a big win against St. Lucia Stars and have taken a lead on the table with 2 points; the two teams will meet once again on 7th August at Trinidad for the 6th match of the league. Chasing 133 runs proved to be too easy for Trinbago in the opening match and they will be super charged to repeat the fine performance back at home. St. Lucia bowlers were left clueless as they gave away easy runs and will need to strategize better on Monday to seek revenge. It needs to be seen which team can use the resources well to keep an upper hand on the opposition.
Trinbago Knight Riders
Brendon McCullum and Colin Munro smashed away 6s and 4s at will to cause some fireworks during their chase for 133 runs against St. Lucia. While McCullum scored 58 off just 27, Munro posted 66 off 39 balls to lead the team to a thumping victory with their 132-run stand in the first match of the season. The team has other batsmen like Denesh Ramdin, Darren Bravo, and Dwayne Bravo, who could stabilize the middle-order and keep the scoreboard ticking.
Sunil Narine, who was promoted up the order to open the innings with McCullum, couldn’t repeat his batting skills that lit up the IPL earlier this year; however, he too has showcased his all-rounder talent many a time and can do so yet again.
Shadab Khan, the talented spinner from Pakistan was awarded the player of the match award for his 2-wicket haul, giving away only 15 runs in 4 overs; he along with Narine and Khary Pierre bring a good spin combination to the squad. Captain Dwayne Bravo also took 2 wickets with his pace attack, and along with Kevon Cooper and Beaton, can pull out some tricks to stun the opposition yet again.
St. Lucia Stars
Batting first against Knight Riders, players like Kamran Akmal, Marlon Samuels, Johnson Charles and captain Darren Sammy failed to impress. Andre Fletcher scored a well-made 26 runs while Jesse Ryder tried hard to keep the runs flowing as he posted 18 runs with difficulty. Bowling all-rounder Kyle Mayers then took charge in the lower order to register a heroic 23 off just 15 deliveries, helping them take the total to a respectable 132 runs.
However, the bowling effort was disappointing as Sammy, Obed McCoy and Rahkeem Cornwall proved to be very expensive, and they failed to stop McCullum and Munro from hitting the winning runs. Speedster Jerome Taylor dismissed Narine and succeeded in containing the run-flow but his lone efforts were not enough to save the game.
The squad has a good depth in pace bowling with players like Mitchell McClenaghan, Taylor, Sammy and McCoy while Cornwall provides the spin option. The batsmen could do better by putting up strong partnerships and keeping the wickets in hand; they will need to execute the strategy to perfection.
The Knight Riders have come out with a bang in their opening match and seem to be a formidable team to reckon with this season. Although St. Lucia Stars have an experienced batting line-up, we feel that Knight Riders are clear favorites to win on home turf.